Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
After much sewing and patience, Anna created some necessary warm doll clothes for us, and from a peculiar material.
Anna found this helpful tutorial with patterns for making sweaters from human socks. A useful and economical idea, with but one problem. The pattern is for SD sized or 1/3 scale ball jointed dolls. In other words, it’s too large for myself or the other dolls.
However, Anna is remarkably skilled at pattern making and was able to draft her own patterns for this task.
Which is how this delightful sweater was created in my 1/4 scale size. It was once a navy blue knee sock belonging to Anna.
As you can see it looks wonderful on me. The neckline is accented with my new favorite lace. And the trail of faux pearls down the front add the perfect touch.
Anna also made a sock sweater for Usagi. She used the mate to the navy blue sock used for my sweater, but accented it with off-white ribbon and a simple large-ish button. It suits Usagi gloriously.
And for Sakura and Yuna’s sake, Anna also made patterns for yosd sized or 1/6 scale dolls. She then created these adorable white sweaters using bobby socks. Each sweetly embellished with ribbon bows and more faux pearls.
Here is the MSD or 1/4 sized pattern.
And here is the Yosd or 1/6 sized pattern.
In addition to the sweaters, Anna made use of human tights to create none other than doll tights and socks. The novelty of it.
Unfortunately, Anna did not produce a downloadable pattern for these marvels, but she may do so in the future if our lovely readers wish it.
For myself, Anna made two pairs of sensible stockings in black and white. I already had a pair of white tights (see Holiday Gifts) that unfortunately are torn, so these are much needed replacements.
The black tights are just the thing to pair with my new navy blue sweater as well as other darker clothing in my wardrobe.
Usagi received a pair of black tights as well, but she also received these unusual socks.
They go well above her knees, a very modest design. At least it would be except the length seems to drawn more attention to the short length of Usagi’s skirt.
Usagi, seems unconcerned by this. She sees them as something extremely “cute.”
Hikaru, they are cute, especially on Usagi. So stop being so prudish about it. Especially since they aren’t your clothes.
Alright, I’ll let it go this time. To each their own.
Anna made a pair of white socks for both Yuna and Sakura, and Sakura received a pair of tights.
Why not tights for Yuna as well? They are are such a sensible piece of leg wear.
Because Yuna didn’t want them. They make her uncomfortable and are too difficult to get off. Socks are easier and feel lighter to her, so don’t give her a hard time about it, Hikaru.
Now why in the world would I give anybody a hard time about their clothing preferences? Far be it from me to attempt to force another to wear a garment that makes them uncomfortable. Even if that article of clothing would look absolutely darling on them. It is such a pity.
(You mean like that skirt Usagi asked you to wear that you thought was too short?)
(There is a great difference between legwear and skirt length!)
Anyway, with our new sweaters and stockings, we are well prepared for this chilly Autumn to Winter weather and all the excitement it brings.
Maybe too much excitement, it has Sakura and Yuna bouncing off the walls.
This may be the start of a terribly long season.
Be at peace my dear readers.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
It’s been awhile since our new doll has arrived (see New Arrival: A Doll Love Bjd Unboxing and Review), so we all have had a chance to settle down.
Sakura has done her best to make her new friend feel welcome. She even let her borrow some of her clothing.
To be more accurate, Sakura insisted on it because she didn’t want her new friend to have wear the new doll dress anymore. The dear child still has little respect for tradition.
Still, the end result is all that matters. Doesn’t she look adorable, such a sweet outfit.
Yes, the two 1/6 scale dolls make a charming pair. Sweet little Sakura and….
Come to think of it, we have yet to reveal this new bjd’s name.
So let me be the first to officially introduce you to our new ball jointed doll….
It does have a certain ring to it. And I shall allow Anna to explain the meaning of it as well as the reasoning for it. (Please let it not be another anime reference!)
Yuna is the main character from the anime series Galaxy Fraulein Yuna. It was based on a game that I unfortunately never played, but I have obviously watched and enjoyed the anime.
The character, Yuna is very cheerful and easily makes friends with others, including most of her enemies. The name is also more famous as being the name of a character from Final Fantasy X.
Beyond that, it is a cute name for a very cute little doll.
Oh great, another anime name. Why does Anna keep using anime/manga for names?
Oh well, you may have all been named after silly cartoons, but despite that all your names are still beautiful. And I shall do my best to help you to mature into beautiful dolls.
“I think Hikaru has forgotten that her name comes from an anime character too. :)”
… …… …..
That’s right, Hikaru was named after a character in a manga series that became an anime. It all started with her name (see What's in a Name?). Then it just continued from there. I could have stopped, but you know how much “respect” Hikaru has for traditions.
It doesn’t really matter where their names come from anyway, just whether they suit them which has always been the case.
And what she has against anime/manga I will never know. After all it was through my love for it that lead me to learn about other aspects of Japanese pop culture, including the discovery of ball jointed dolls. So without anime/manga in my life, there would not be any of the dolls.
Now if only Anna would put some of that knowledge to good use. Making me some beautiful Japanese inspired accessories would be a good start.
For now, we are at peace.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Well now that we are all rested, let’s continue on from yesterday. First, we shall discuss our new doll’s wig.
As previously mentioned, this wig was made by Doll Love along with this new doll and purchased through Alice’s Collections.
The pink color, though unusual is rather pretty. And the fibers used are quite soft and silky though they seem wavier than in the product photo. She will of course need a trim, those bangs are out of control.
The problem I can see with this particular wig is a lack of those soft and silky fibers. It is rather patchy and you can see the cap right through her hair. Anna doesn’t think it is that bad, but I beg to differ.
This patchiness allows the cap to also peek out on the sides, this limits the way the hair can be styled. Anna feels somewhat optimistic about it. She has some ideas to fix it, though I don’t think it is necessary.
Because there is still this adorable wig. Anna purchased this wig along with a few others a few months ago (see Of Bjd Hair: Reviewing Three Wigs? ).
It was tried on by Sakura who rejected it for reasons beyond my understanding. It looks just as sweet on this doll, so why not make use of it?
“No thanks, I like this wig better.”
Sorry Hikaru, this doll doesn’t like the brown wig either. And it’s okay, I have plans for it and I’m pretty sure I can get the pink wig to work.
Oh for goodness sake! Well, far be it from me to complain.
Anyway, Anna also purchased an extra pair of eyes from Alice’s Collections. I will let her give the details.
There was a deal going on where if I bought a doll I could order a pair of eyes of my choice for $1. Naturally I jumped at the deal since I was already buying a doll and Usagi’s friend needed eyes (and clothes, and a body, and a name…).
I chose EHS018 14mm glass eyes. They are a nice grayish blue color with a little bit of sparkle to them. They look darker on the website, but I think I like them better in person.
I don’t have any eye putty right now to put them in, but we can still try them out a little. I think they look good on him. Looks like he will be a handsome ball jointed doll once he has everything he needs.
I suppose he does show some potential. And Anna is right, the eye color is beautiful. Not quite as lovely as my own, but still very beautiful.
Yes, things are going smoothly for us all. Here Sakura is presenting the new doll her welcoming present. That gaudy looking toy troll from one of the blind bags (see Finding Doll Props: Surprising Blind Bags).
“His hair is soft like ours. :)”
Alas, the little darling seems to like the horrid thing.
Our little ball jointed doll family is growing nicely. It is wonderful indeed.
However, if our doll family keeps growing I shall need a new tea set. My current service only serves four, which is perfectly adequate at the moment, but soon…
For now, we are at peace.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
She is here at last! Our newest ball jointed doll has arrived safely.
She was purchased through Alice’s Collections, just the same as Sakura and Usagi. She is made by a delightful company called Doll Love. The name of her sculpt is You You, and she is a 1/4 scale or yosd sized doll. The same as our little Sakura.
Unfortunately, this much anticipated package had to be picked up directly from the post office and didn’t arrive directly home until the middle of the night.
Heaven forbid we wait until morning for the unboxing. Sakura was so terribly excited to meet the new arrival. She is to be her new playmate after all.
(I can think of someone else who was more excited.)
Inside the package is the doll box, emblazoned with the company logo.
Inside the doll box, we first gaze eyes on a pink doll pillow. Odd, because all our pillows so far have been shades of white. Still, it is a lovely shade for a pillow and incredibly soft.
Inside we also found a note card carefully tied up with a fine ribbon.
The company was kind enough to include special care instructions for our new doll. As well as the doll’s card showing her default photo.
Packed within was an extra set of eyes purchased for Usagi’s friend, the head. We shall dwell on that later.
Here she is, our newest doll, securely wrapped in protective padding. And underneath it all…
Is this adorable face. Yes, this new ball jointed doll came with her face already painted. Anna was decent enough to warn me of this fact, unlike last time (see New Arrival: A Mystic Kids Doll Review).
The face up artist did a wonderful job. It is rather pretty, yet subtle. At least compared to Sakura’s face.
Speaking of Sakura, I decided to allow her to do the introductions.
“Hi, I’m Sakura. You’re pillow is so cute! You’re really pretty, want to see my toys? What to play with me? Want to try on clothes? What do you like to eat? Want to….”
Sakura dear, please get on with it.
“This is Usagi. She is really, really nice and has pretty hair and her best friend is a head...”
“Oh, you’re so cute! :)”
“And this is Miss Ghost Lady. She is nice too and really pretty (but she can be crabby sometimes).”
Sakura dear, I have told you before. My name is Hikaru, not Ghost Lady!
Anyway, it is time to present the official new doll dress.
Originally worn by myself when I first arrived, then past down to each new doll to wear until something more fitting is made for them. It’s a tradition that must be kept.
This brings back such pleasant memories. The dress fits our new doll just as well as it did for Sakura.
Now that she is clothed it is time for some hair. Unlike myself or the others, this new doll is fortunate enough to receive her wig immediately.
Anna purchased the Doll Love default wig along with our new doll. It is an intriguing shade of pink and made of soft and very fine fibers.
It does look well on our new doll’s head, but there is something a bit amiss about it. I shall reveal all another time for we are all exhausted and greatly need our rest. And perhaps things will seem clearer in daylight.
I shall see you all in the morning. Be at peace.